BELGRADE – The European Union will not be able to solve its migration crisis by keeping out refugees with walls and fences, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.


“Another harmful consequence of the adventurous policy to forcefully reorganize the Middle East and North Africa is the migration crisis currently sweeping Europe,” Lavrov said in Geneva.

“It is further complicated by the lack of a coherent, unified EU position, with some members promoting a liberal policy in regard to migrants, increasing the [migrant] flow to Europe, while others, who are the first to feel the effects of this flow, are trying to isolate themselves with fences and walls. We believe that such methods will not solve the problem,” he added.

The European Union is currently struggling to manage a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The EU border agency Frontex recorded more than 1.8 million illegal border crossings in the bloc in 2015.

In response to the growing number of migrants reaching their territories, several EU states, such as Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovenia, which are used primarily as a transit routes by refugees, have built fences on their borders.

A number of European states, including Austria and Germany, have also toughened their border checks, introducing special procedures on their borders, to curb the influx of refugees.